Royal Oak Beaumont Opens Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center Sept. 30

Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak will open its new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center on Sept. 30

Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center
The new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center will open on Sept. 30 at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak. Photo courtesy of Beaumont

Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak will open its new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center on Sept. 30, consolidating cardiac care, particularly for patients with heart failure, into one convenient and comprehensive area.

The center was made possible by a $5 million gift from Orchard Lake residents Max and Debra Ernst. Max Ernst was executive vice president and COO of Arbor Drugs. In 2009, the couple donated $3 million to Beaumont to establish the Ernst Cardiovascular Center in memory of Ernst’s late first wife, Ellen.

“Through their incredible support to Beaumont for more than a decade, Max and Debra have demonstrated a commitment and desire to help others in our community,” says Dr. Marc Sakwa, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Royal Oak Beaumont. “It has been an honor to work with them on this project.”

The 14,000-square-foot Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center is adjacent to the East Tower entrance of the hospital near the Ernst Cardiovascular Center. The new $9 million center not only combines outpatient heart services into one dedicated space, but also helps patients better manage their condition and reduce emergency center visits and hospital readmissions.

The new center includes:

  • An advanced heart failure and cardiomyopathy clinic
  • An adult congenital heart disease clinic
  • An atrial fibrillation clinic
  • A cardiology genetic counseling clinic
  • Noninvasive cardiovascular testing
  • Adult and adolescent screening programs
  • Dietitian services

“Max and Debra’s generosity has helped us to create an amazing resource that will allow us to better serve our patients, especially those living with heart failure,” says Dr. Simon Dixon, chair of cardiovascular medicine at Royal Oak Beaumont.

“When we gave our gift in 2009, we told everyone if we saved one life, it would be worth it,” says Max Ernst. “We are confident the Beaumont cardiovascular team has provided excellent care and saved many lives. My gratitude for the success the heart team has achieved led my wife and me to provide additional support for their vision.”

The first Ernst center offers innovative, collaborative approaches for the treatment of complex heart and vascular conditions, in addition to preventative heart screenings. The success of the first Ernst center created the need for expansion. Since the center opened in 2010, specialists have cared for more than 30,000 patients. It has become one of the nation’s premier programs for structural heart and valve disease and cardiac surgery.

Written by Tim Keenan for DBusiness.